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04 July 2017

Alexandre Lacazette arrives at Arsenal training ground to undergo medical ahead of £52m switch from Lyon

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has arrived at Arsenal’s training ground to undergo a medical ahead of his £52m switch from Lyon.

The French striker is set to seal a five-year deal with the Gunners as Arsene Wenger makes an early move in the transfer window.

Alexandre Lacazette is set to swap Lyon for London as he joins Arsenal for around £50m
Alexandre Lacazette is set to swap Lyon for London as he joins Arsenal for around £55m
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Lacazette arrived at Arsenal’s London Colney today to complete his move to the Gunners
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The 26-year-old agreed personal terms on an £150,000-a-week contract over the weekend.

He arrived at Arsenal’s London Colney base, Herts, today where his official pictures will be taken before being unveiled.

The forward will also be introduced to his new team-mates who have returned for the first day of pre-season.

Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the deal would be completed “within the next one or two days” on Sunday.

He added: “The first offer transmitted by Arsenal was 45m euros, but the transfer will be on a range between 45 and 50m euros.

“Being close to 50m is something unique, and will probably be a record for Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais as well.

Arsene Wenger has had his Arsenal stars return for pre-season training today
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Alexis Sanchez could depart the Gunners this summer after a lack of Champions League football
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“Traditionally, a club like Arsenal do not invest as much on a player.”

Arsenal want to get a star name in early as there are worries that Alexis Sanchez will quit the Emirates this summer.

The Chilean has grown frustrated at the club, and looks set to leave, with Manchester City interested.

Pep Guardiola is keen to wrap-up a £50m deal for the 28-year-old quickly as a transfer ban looms.

Alexandre Lacazette factfile

  • Born in Lyon on May 28, 1991
  • Joined hometown club Lyon as a 12-year-old
  • After an impressive youth career, made his debut in May 2010 a few weeks shy of his 19th birthday
  • Started his career slowly before eventually finding his shooting boots in 2013 – in four seasons since, he has scored 113 goals in 183 matches in all competitions
  • Has been named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year three seasons and was the Ligue 1 Player of the Year and top goalscorer in 2014-15 .
  • Scored 37 goals in all competitions and was named in both the Ligue 1 and Europa League teams of the season in 2016-17
  • Has played at every level internationally for France, including being a key member of the 2010 U19 Euro winning squad, where he scored the winning goal in the final.
  • Has one goal in 11 caps for France at senior level
  • Get Lacazette in your Dream Team

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Sanchez is upset with a lack of Champions League football as he slowly gets towards the later stages of his career.

Wenger has moved quickly to sign targets this summer, as furious fans continue to blast the club for a lack of ambition.

Sead Kolasinac, 23, was picked up on a free transfer from Schalke last month on £150,000-a-week.

Sead Kolasinac joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Schalke this summer
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Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 appearances last season and will give Arsenal’s frontline a huge boost.

But his arrival could mean the end for Olivier Giroud at the Emirates.

The 30-year-old striker has been linked with Everton, West Ham and Marseille.

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